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Issue Eleven
Table of Contents

Past Issues Index
Roadfly Magazine
Aston Martin at Detroit Auto Show
Issue Eleven
March 30, 2004
Live, From Detroit, It's the 2004 NAIAS!
Detroit Auto Show Awards
Keeping things in Balance
60 Seconds with Henrik Fisker
Windshield Dyno: The Beltronics GX2
Nissan Altima Facelift
WORK Wheels Introduction
Cadillac Merchandise
Not The Record To Be Proud Of
Open Wheel Racing in the USA: Big Changes
Bear Market in the Auto Business?
Coming Next Issue
NYC Auto Show

60 Seconds with Henrik Fisker, continued.

Aston Martin DB9 Volante

Aston Martin DB9

R: Let's talk about design. When drawing up the DB9, were you bound to any constraints by corporate, or did you have free reign?

HF: Well, I think that if you don't have any constraints, then you're an artist rather than a designer. But, obviously, the idea behind Aston Martin is to build the perfect driver's car, so there's always that constraint. I'd say that of all the cars I've worked on, this is the one that's had the least constraints from corporate.

R: As a designer, how closely do you watch what other designers are doing? Is there a sense of competition, or are things more "to each his own?"

HF: I think you need to always be aware of your competition, which allows you to do something different (when you're aware of what others are doing), however, you will notice that some of the same ideas just happen to come at the same time. It's a natural thing, but it can appear as though we're playing off one another's work. Generally I try to keep up with everyone with the intention of doing something different, as evidenced by the rear-end of the Aston Martin DB9. It doesn't follow the current trend of automotive rear-end fashions.

R: What's the most satisfying part of your job? Is it the work, the rewards, the finished product or something entirely different?

HF: I think it has to be the work. There's nothing more exciting for me than to work on a car's sculpture. When you see your design materialize into a sculpture and then a machine, that's really rewarding. I think the ultimate reward is after it becomes a production car and you see one driving down the road. To know that someone liked your work enough to lay down all that money on a car that you worked so hard to create, is inexplicably gratifying. It's beyond any dream.

R: Where do you go from here? What's next?

HF: Well, the next project is always the next big challenge. As a designer, I'm always trying to refine and design things. If it weren't for the engineers saying, 'Ok, let's build this," I'd probably be in a perpetual state of design. Moving to the next design is great because you can take the ideas that you had in the middle of the past project and start to develop them further. Aston Martin's next project is the launch of the AMV8, which we're excited about. Ford's next project for me is working on next year's show cars for the Detroit Show.

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